South American Real Estate News
/ Month / July

The enviable cosmopolitan lifestyle of Buenos Aires City wins over

image of Vida cosmopolita en Buenos Aires
You may see them in Paris, London, New York, Milan or any other metropolis. Forever comparing with a mythical South American capital, they gesticulate in a strangely accented Spanish: “we have (do/get) that in Buenos Aires!” They are the porteños (port dwellers) and you can´t call them boisterous: Buenos Aires is all those cities, and then some. Founded in 1580, the city received migrant waves from countries as diverse as Spain, Italy, England, USA, China, Korea, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Syria…

Argentina’s middle class has doubled in ten years

Argentina is the Latin American country where the Argentina’s middle class has grown the most in ten years, doubling in size, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center in the United States. The study shows progress in the region has slowed down since 2010 as a result of the fall in economic growth and export prices. Some countries, however, managed to sail with the tide with Argentina’s middle class going from 15 percent of the total population in 2001 to 32.5 percent in 2011, accounting…

IS ARGENTINE FARMLAND A BUY ?

Argentine farmland prices dropped to below 2010 prices in 2015 according to Argentine Chamber of Rural Real Estate  (CAIR). For farmers the current populist government lead by Christine Kirchner and now potentially lead by her dauphin Daniel Scioli has been an unmitigated disaster of historic proportions not only for the middle class but for those effected by the increased poverty levels throughout the country. This last decade has be characterized by two defaults ( Argentina is still in default from the second…

A financial crisis in China is affecting Residential Real Estate elsewhere

This is what is happening in my home country New Zealand. Will this buying interest now come to South America now that many of these countries are also heavily indebted to China. New Zealand real estate market is currently under pressure from Chinese buyers desperate to get money out of China. South America is not receiving any of this money as it is mostly going into residential properties  in stable economies which means they are looking for in the most English Speaking Countries with high education levels. …

Uruguay will be seat of the 2016 World Meat Congress

URUGUAY 2016 World Meat Congress Clean green pastures, pure air, pristine water and red sunsets   Free range Grass fed No hormones used Less cholesterol 100% traceability Safe, healthy, delicious High contents of Omega-3 and antioxidants For centuries, farmers have applied careful animal welfare and husbandry practices when raising cattle and sheep, following a sustainable process in total harmony with the environment. Traceability is mandatory for the 100% of cattle stock and every packing plant in the…

Argentinian community of bitter South Africian Boers dwindles

Argentinian community of bitter South Africian Boers dwindles ONCE they lived here in their thousands, but now only a handful of Afrikaans-speaking “Boers” remain in the windswept Patagonian coastal town of Comodoro Rivadavia and its hinterland. Between 1903 and 1909 up to 800 Boer families trekked by ship to this lonely spot on Argentina ’s east coast, about 1500km north of Tierra del Fuego. They had suffered badly in the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War. Some had lost family members in Kitchener’ s infamous…

Explaining Chiles Land Title System

Explaining Chiles Land Title System A Real Estate Title search in Chile goes way beyond just tracking the ownership history of a property. There are many more issues that need to be checked in the numerous public records available in the Chilean legal system, and there are many other title issues that come from just common sense experience of the problems in particular regions. Beyond just knowing what documents to request and their significance for a title search in Chile, knowing the local problems and history…

Investor Douglas Tompkins is Creating a Future Patagonian National Park

Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling. Everyone in Patagonia is talking about: Conservación Patagonica, the latest addition to the world’s largest private conservation project. Fifteen years ago, in the June 1999 issue of The Atlantic, William Langewiesche wrote about Tompkins’s first major venture into conservation in Chile, describing both…

The search for vegetable proteins

All the world’s inhabitants are eating increasing amounts of animal proteins, including meat. Animals need vegetable proteins in their feed in order to produce that meat. Can the supply of proteins for animal feed keep up with demand in the next ten years? Clara van der Elst, analyst at Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research, has been studying this essential question for the food supply. If there are no vegetable proteins for animals, there will be no meat, no eggs, no fish and no milk for people. Just…

Hazelnut Production in Chile

Chile is the largest hazelnut producer in the Southern Hemisphere. Hazelnut cultivation covers about 13,000 ha between the region of Maule, central zone (Talca, Linares, Chillan) and the south zone of the country including the regions Araucanía, Los Ríos and Los Lagos (Temuco, Valdivia and Puerto Varas with an additional 800-1000 ha being added yearly) . Historically this species was introduced in South Chile by European emigrants, in particular Germans, Italians, and Swiss, principally in Araucania, Los…

What’s Driving Bolivia’s Booming Economy

What’s Driving Bolivia’s Booming Economy To the surprise of many, Bolivia is now Latin America’s fastest growing economy. At a 5 percent growth rate it now outstrips once dominant but now stagnating regional competitors like Brazil and Peru. Furthermore Bolivia boasts some very impressive macrofundametals: its level of international reserves are the highest in all of Latin America, it has slashed its government debt, and its inflation rate stands at a respectable 5 percent. This accompanies a 307 percent…

The Current State Of Pastoral Farming In Uruguay

Back in the early years of the 21st century, when soy production began to dramatically increase in Uruguay, many worried voices were heard concerning the future of pastoral farming, the traditional land use. Yet, the URUGUAY XXI 2014 foreign trade report lists meat and related exports as the first product, ahead of soy beans. Do both land uses exclude each other? Not necessarily, because the country still has ample room for productivity increases in its 17:322.000 hectares of gently rolling pastures. AREAS…